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Rowena Thornton

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Agent:

Valerie Baulard
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Opera

Guest Soloist
Last Night of the Proms (Various)
Morecambe Promenade Orchestra
2018
Diana
Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach)
Leeds Gilbert & Sullivan Society
2016
Belinda
Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)
The Leeds Guild of Singers
2015
First Bridesmaid
The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
Young Opera Venture
2014
Juno
Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach)
University of Birmingham
2007

Operetta/G&S

Mabel
The Pirates of Penzance (Arthur Sullivan)
Aireborough Gilbert & Sullivan Society
2018
Yum-Yum
The Mikado (Sullivan)
Leeds Gilbert & Sullivan Society
2018
Rosalinde
The Revenge of the Bat (Die Fledermaus) (Johann Strauss)
Leeds College of Music
2018
Bessie Throckmorton
Merrie England (Edward German)
Morley Music Society
2018
Josephine
H.M.S. Pinafore (Gilbert & Sullivan)
Aireborough Gilbert & Sullivan Society
2017
Ella
Patience (Sullivan)
Leeds Gilbert and Sullivan Society
2015
Counsel
Trial by Jury (Sullivan)
Leeds Gilbert & Sullivan Society
2017
Plaintiff
Trial by Jury (Sullivan)
The Leeds Guild of Singers
2012

Contemporary Opera

Narrator/Mother/Beggar
The Magic Paintbrush (Helen Madden)
Independent
2017
Carmen
Salad (Helen Madden)
The Venue, Leeds College of Music
2014
Marina
The Water Palace (Stephen Shulman)
Howard Assembly Rooms
2014
Sarah
Ytzak and Sarah (Stephen Shulman)
The Pomegranate Ensemble
2011

Musical Theatre

Stepmother
Cinderella (Richard Roebuck/Steve Bradnum)
The Salt Grammar School
2004

Oratorio/Concerts

Soprano/Composer
Various (Stephen Shulman/Rowena Thornton)
The Pomegranate Ensemble
2017
Soprano Soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
Leeds College of Music Choral Society
2015
1st Soprano Soloist
Stabat Mater (Rossini)
Leeds College of Music Choral Society
2015
Alto soloist
Gloria, Waisenhaus Messe (Vivaldi, Mozart)
Bradford Chorale
2015
Soprano soloist
Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini)
Ilkley Choral Society
2013
Soloist
Cabaret Songs (Britten)
Cantores Olicanae
2013
Soprano Soloist
Nelson Mass (Haydn)
Leeds College of Music Choral Society
2013
Soprano Soloist
St Paul (Mendelssohn)
Ilkley Choral Society
2013
2nd Soprano Soloist
Dixit Dominus (Handel)
The Leeds Guild of Singers
2012
Soprano Soloist with Ensemble
A Birthday Present (Stephen Shulman)
The Pomegranate Ensemble
2012
Soprano Soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Otley Choral Society
2010
Soprano Soloist
Enosh (Rudi Leavor)
Leeds Town Hall
2009
Soloist
Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo (Britten)
Independent
2008
Soprano Soloist
Gloria, Requiem (Vivaldi, Rutter)
Horsforth Choral Society
2008
Soloist and chorus
Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brahms)
The Leeds Guild of Singers
2008
Soprano Soloist
Mass in G, Flower Duet (Schubert, Delibes)
Baildon Choral Society
2002
Soprano Soloist
Te Deum (Charpentier)
Independent
2001

Other

Cecily Cardew
The Importance of Being Earnest (Oscar Wilde)
The Music Room Players
2013
Agnes
Agnes of God (Pielmeier)
The Music Room Players
2012
Viola
Twelfth Night (Shakespeare)
The Hope Theatre Group
2011
Helena
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare)
The Hope Theatre Group

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

1. Sonetto XVI, Benjamin Britten. Rowena Thornton - Soprano, Alexander Woodrow - Piano.

2. 'O Sweet and Tepid Milk (Ode to a dreadful coffee)'. Words & Music by Rowena Thornton

3. i. love is... Rowena Thornton - Soprano, Alexander Woodrow, Piano

4. ii.'in spite of everything'. Rowena Thornton - Soprano, Alexander Woodrow - Piano

4. iii. 'no time ago'. Rowena Thornton - Soprano, Alexander Woodrow - Piano

6.. iv. 'springtime'. Rowena Thornton - Soprano, Alexander Woodrow - Piano

'Caro nome', Rigoletto, Verdi. With Promenade Concert Orchestra, Howard Rogerson - Conductor

As Diana in 'Orpheus In The Underworld'

Diana, Act II

Ella and The Duke

Rowena Thornton, Soprano

Twenty Lovesick Maidens

Best Actress (2012)

"A glorious, soaring soprano voice and a technique that made the most of every note in every cadenza, plus the skill to convey the comedic or at times emotional content of the music. “Poor wandering one” and “Ah, leave me not to pine” in particular were exquisitely sung." - Bernard Riley, Wharfedale Festival (2018)

"Rowena Thornton was the soprano soloist, singing alone in four arias, as well as with the chorus in further pieces, and in the duet. The challenging arias from Rigoletto, Faust, and Die Fledermaus and the soloist contributions in the Easter Hymn and the Fantasia were performed with skill, sensitivity and panache and gave many opportunities for this versatile singer to display her fine, pleasant and wide ranging voice. " - David Alder, The Platform, Morecambe (2018) (2018)

"Leading lady Josephine is played by Rowena Thornton whose voice reaches notes I never knew existed." -Val Pennent, The Wharfedale Observer (2017)

The collector's item in the programme turned out to be the Cabaret Songs of Benjamin Britten to verses by W.H Auden. In 2013, Britten's centenary and a glut of his operas, these songs are a revelation. Soprano Rowena Thornton projected them with an undeniable sexiness and a wide spectrum of vocal colour. Jonathan Brigg's wonderfully idiomatic accompaniment shimmered with atmosphere and colour - a cabaret partnership made in Heaven! - Geoffrey Mogridge www.cantoresolicanae.org.uk/Reviews/2013%2006%20June%20Review.rtf (2013)

Masters in Performance
Leeds College of Music
2012–2013
Bachelor of Music
University of Birmingham
2004–2007

Rowena Thornton is a Lyric Soprano also familiar with coloratura repertoire. She was born in Leeds into a musical family and has been singing since the age of four. Over the years she has taken part in performances of a variety of styles and genres comprising opera, oratorio, Lieder, and contemporary music, including premières of new works. Rowena performs both as a soloist and in ensembles, and has also acted in plays. She graduated in Music at the University of Birmingham, during which time she was a member of the Birmingham University Singers; then completed a Masters in Performance at Leeds College of Music, where she performed a range of repertoire from Purcell to Cage and beyond. Most recently, Rowena has sung aria selections in orchestral recitals, and has played the lead roles of Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance) and Yum-Yum (The Mikado). Rowena has an intense love for, and a strong knowledge of, music, and always strives to combine these to give the best performance she can.

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